I think we all have certain “rituals” in our travels. As I’ve explained before, I do everything in my power to be awake and online during most of the US East Coast business day, since that’s when most stuff in our “hobby” seems to happen.
Yesterday I landed in Beijing at around 8PM, got to the hotel shortly before 10PM, slept until 2AM, and then woke up to “start” my day. And I always start it the same way when waking up in the middle of the night in Asia — a pot of coffee with skim milk and granola. At least that’s what I aim for.
The idea is that I need caffeine and I want something to tide me over until it’s time for the over-the-top Asian breakfast buffets which
my elastic waist pants I’ve gotten so accustomed to.
So like every other “first” morning I have in Asia, I phoned 24 hour room service to try and get coffee and granola.
The coffee part wasn’t a problem.
Associate: “You want… gra…?”
Me: “Granola. It’s listed under cereals on the menu.”
Me: “No, granola. I can spell it for you.”
Me: “Yes, that’s it. So graaaanoooolllaaaa.”
The associate put me on hold for a moment to check. At this point I figured I had it in the bag, and was being as clear as this lady was in teaching her students how to pronounce “Coke” in Korean:
Associate: “Ah okay granola you want.”
Me: “Yep, perfect!”
Associate: “Okay, so to confirm your order, coffee with milk and granra.”
Me: “Sounds good to me.”
20 minutes later there’s a knock. I got the coffee as ordered, though it was accompanied by this:
Honey, I already travel with metamucil, so this tasteless all bran cereal seems kind of redundant.
Anyone know the Chinese word for granola?